Clayton Yeutter was a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under George H.W. Bush, serving from 1989 to 1991. He died on March 4, 2017, at the age of 86. He also served as president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the 1980s.
Before becoming agricultural secretary, Yeutter served as U.S. trade representative under President Reagan, leading negotiations of what was then the U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement, which later became NAFTA. In 1991 he became chairman of the Republican National Committee, but came back to the Bush administration a year later as a counselor to the president.
As deputy special trade representative under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, he was involved in international steel discussions, as well as in the first talks about restraining Japanese auto exports. He also helped to end the so-called "cheese war" with the European Economic Community, according to the White House. He was also assistant secretary of agriculture in the Nixon and Ford Administrations.
Yeutter was born on a farm in Eustis, Nebraska and became a successful farmer in the state.
Yeutter receive a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the University of Nebraska and graduated No. 1 in his class from the Nebraska University College of Law in 1963.
He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics, after which the university hired him as a professor.
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